Obituary: Roslyn Goldberg

Obituary: Roslyn Goldberg

Roslyn Goldberg passed away peacefully April 20, 2020.

Roslyn Goldberg, 95, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away peacefully April 20, 2020. Born September 24, 1924, in New York, N.Y. to Helen and Abraham Fingerhut, she grew up in Woodmere on Long Island. She graduated as a member of the basketball team and best dressed at Lawrence High School. Following high school, she attended Syracuse University, where she continued her basketball career and met the love of her life, Seymour Goldberg, who she married in 1944.

Roz and Sy, as they were known to everyone, moved to Woodmere, N.Y., where they had a daughter, Claire. While working as a bookkeeper, Roz tirelessly raised money for various Jewish organizations including Hebrew National Orphan Home and Sam Fields YMHA in New York. She was an integral part of both Congregation Shearith Israel and Congregation Beth Tefillah in Atlanta. In 1980, Roz and Sy moved to Atlanta to be close to family and their three grandchildren Adina, Michael and Alex. The couple flourished in the South, and made a life enriched with family, friends, celebrations and travel.

Roz was a magnet and confidant to her friends of all ages. Everyone sought her out due to her extraordinarily kind nature and wise advice. She was an eternal optimist and had a gift for putting people together and introducing her diverse friends to each other. Her social calendar was one to be envied: dinners, theater, mahjong tournaments and movie clubs.

Her days and nights were filled with outings and lots of laughter, … and fashion. Roz carried her high school title with her and was a “Fashionista Extraordinaire” until the last moment. Each and every day, Roz “dressed to the nines” and looked gorgeous whether she was staying home or going out. Her accessories and shoes were perfectly coordinated with her outfits, accentuated by her signature hairstyle and manicured nails. However, what really defined her life was her family.

Her daughter Claire was her pride and joy, and her love grew exponentially when Adina, Michael and Alex were born. Her grandchildren were her whole life. She and Sy never missed a birthday party, a piano recital, a baseball game, an honors ceremony, or a chance to be together for anything and everything. Her great-grandchildren continued to reap the benefits, joy and luck of having such an involved GiGi.

Roz was predeceased in death by her husband of 50 years Sy, and is lovingly survived by daughter Claire (Howard) Peck; grandchildren Adina Kalish, Michael (Dara) Kalish, Alex (Jessica) Kalish; great-grandchildren Talia and Ryan Neufeld, Stella and Sy Kalish, Shane and Ruby Kalish; sisters-in-law Norma Goldberg and Lois Goldberg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Contributions in memory of Roslyn can be made to Jewish Family & Career Services, Atlanta Scholars Kollel, Congregation Beth Tefillah, and The William Breman Jewish Home. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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